I don’t do vacations very well, but I actually managed to largely keep away from PAACS work while in California but hit the ground running when we returned to North Carolina. After long days at the desk each day, I left early last Friday morning for Chicago where I participated in the PAACS semi-annual Commission meeting. It was the first one in a long time where I was not responsible for all that happens during the meeting – and I enjoyed the freedom. And to my great surprise, they actually managed to function without me! Who would have imagined?
I left the meeting in Chicago a couple of hours early on Saturday to get back to Cary in time for my niece’s wedding (Jacquie, my sister Sally’s daughter) in the afternoon. It was a special ceremony and good to see so many members of my family.
By attending the wedding, I missed my chance to fly to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the first day of the meeting of the G4 Alliance (Global Alliance for Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma and Anesthesia, www.theg4alliance.org), so the next morning, I was up by 4:00 AM to listen to board meeting that was live-streamed until noon. By 1:00 PM, I was on the way to the airport to fly to Geneva to attend the second full day of meetings. I didn’t check any bags so I was able to get right off the plane, catch a taxi and arrived with five minutes to spare. I was a little jet-lagged that day but glad to meet the other members of the Permanent Council for the first time. Many were already known to me and some were friends. On Tuesday evening, they held the public launch of the G4 Alliance. It was quite a shindig with the requisite number of dignitaries there to greet us.
The meeting and the launch were held there in Geneva to coincide with the 68th meeting of the World Health Assembly (a function of the World Health Organization). The original plan was to attend the World Health Assembly and to watch the debate and approval of the resolution "Strengthening Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anesthesia as a component of Universal Health Coverage" has this morning been adopted at the 68th WHA. It had originally been scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 20. It was postponed while we were there until Thursday and again postponed but finally approved on Friday, May 22, 2015. I did take advantage of the ability to get a day pass on Wednesday and visited the various deliberations and got a sense of how the WHA works.
Prayers and Praise:
- Praise God for our wonderful son and may he always seek to serve His God.
- Praise God for the past safe travels, the travels for Micky and Sean and the travel for me next weekend when I attend a media course at the Christian Medical & Dental Associations in Bristol, Tennessee.
- Pray that the next trip to Africa for the entire month of July will come together as He wills.
- We praise God that our good friend, Rev. Stan Key (the Spiritual Dean of PAACS), was spared from permanent heart damage from a heart attack last weekend. It is amazing what they can do in a cardiac cath lab these days. Pray for his recovery.
- Pray for Sean as he wraps up the last of his home-schooling for the year.
- I was notified that I again did not receive the American College of Surgery Humanitarian Award this year. I praise Him in this disappointment.